News - The Economist seeks documentaries for Film Project
LONDON - The Economist, in partnership with PBS NewsHour, has launched The Economist Film Project, initiative by to showcase the work of independent documentary filmmakers from around the world.
The project will feature films whose new ideas, perspectives, and insights not only help make sense of the world, but also take a stand and provoke debate. Selected films and the topics they explore will be the subject of news segments airing regularly on PBS NewsHour beginning in March 2011 and continuing through 2011 and into 2012.
The project seeks submissions of completed documentary films on a rolling basis throughout 2011 to January 2012. Both documentary shorts and feature-length films may be submitted. The Economist will provide filmmakers whose films are chosen with a grant of $4,000 to produce six to eight minutes of footage from the film (or footage captured during the making of the film) for airing on PBS NewsHour as part of the segment. NewsHour plans to feature approximately three films each month.
After airing, the film-oriented news segments will be packaged independently and given additional exposure through various outlets, including this website, The Economist's YouTube channel and Facebook fan page, and the PBS NewsHour website, YouTube and Hulu channels.